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ROBIN WAYNEE 

A member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Robin was born and raised in Mio, Michigan, along with six siblings, and worked with her family in a variety of creative fields. She discovered a burning desire to create jewelry after meeting Santa Fe jeweler Ryan Roberts in 1997. Now a best-selling gallery artist, Robin creates innovative and one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry pieces. Robin’s jewelry is highly sought after by discriminating collectors and devotees of exclusive fine jewelry thanks to her wide range of jewelry styles; creative choices of precious stones, metal combinations and anodizing schemes; and careful attention to detail.

Robin has won numerous American and international awards, including the Southwest Indian Market (SWAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2010, Robin was awarded First Place in the Silver/Argentium® Silver category of the Saul Bell Design Award. Inspired, she entered Saul Bell again in 2011 and achieved First Place in the Gold/Platinum category. Entering once again 2012, Robin achieved an unprecedented third win in a row with the Grand Prize for her stunning bracelet “Corona and Halo.” She won the 2014 and 2016 Niche Award, which celebrates excellence in North American fine craft, as well as receiving two separate MJSA Vision Awards. 

Robin currently works in her studio in Santa Fe and is married to her former mentor, Ryan Roberts. They have two boys, Aidan and Logan, who are already becoming jewelers themselves.